At the beginning of the season, the future for the Portland Trail Blazers looked bright. With a core of Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers were set to become a force in the West for years to come. Then Wesley Matthews tears his achilles?forcing him out for the season, and everything changes.

Prior to Matthews injury, almost everyone around the league expected LaMarcus Aldridge to re-sign in Portland once the season ended. After getting pretty much dominated in five games by the Memphis Grizzlies, the future that once looked so bright is now in jeopardy and LaMarcus Aldridge could be on his way out.

?I?ll cross that bridge later on,? Aldridge said when asked about his upcoming free agency.

Aldridge is expected to gain interest from the Knicks, Lakers,?Spurs and Mavericks this offseason, but Portland remains the favorite as they can offer him an extra year. However, Aldridge was?clearly upset with how the season ended and it could push him to explore other options.

?Things were looking like we were going to take over the West,? he said.??We were one of the top offensive teams in the league. We never found that rhythm. That?s disappointing for us because we know this team is a lot better than what we played.?

If he decides to leave money on the table and part ways with?Portland, expect him to sign with a team that could be an immediate contender. Guess that puts the Knicks and Lakers out of contention...

[via ESPN]